Round-up of Sunday’s action around the South East’s women’s and girls’ leagues
Brighton and Portsmouth experienced contrasting journeys, but both made it safely into the quarter-finals of the FAW Premier League Cup.
However, Lewes bowed out after coming up against a powerful Coventry City side.
Pompey‘s task was pretty straightforward as they brushed aside Mossley Hill 6-1 at Test Park, Southampton.
Lucy Quinn scored twice, Sarah Kempson and Ini Umatong one apiece, Shannon Sievewright scored a penalty and development team regular Chloe Dark got her first for the senior side, as a strong Portsmouth side eased to victory against the Northern Division One side.
For Premier League Southern leaders Brighton, though, there was a longer route to the quarter-finals – in every sense of the word – as players and officials flew to Newcastle, knocking out their Northern Division rivals with a goal two minutes from the end of extra-time.
Charlotte Gurr grabbed the crucial goal from a free-kick that wasn’t universally accepted.
Horrendous decision by the official costs Newcastle
— Newcastle United WFC (@NUWFCOfficial) November 30, 2014
Lewes’ cup run shuddered to a halt at the Dripping Pan as Coventry City – last year’s Southern Division champions and now joint-top of the Northern Division, cruised to a 6-3 win – two of the hosts’ goals coming from penalties a couple of minutes apart in the final five minutes.
Destiney Toussaint scored twice, Natasha Lynch, Maz Gauntlett, Amber Hughes and Jade Formaston the others. Kelly Newton had brought the Rookettes back to 3-1 before Catherine O’Hagan converted those late spot-kicks.
Lewes out-played by an excellent Coventry side. Rookettes showed great spirit to come back but players looked leggy to me. — Rookmeister (@Rookmeister) November 30, 2014
Also in cup action were Gosport Borough, who may be struggling in the FAW Premier League Division One South West, but they progressed in the Hampshire County Cup the expense of Fleet Town, winning 3-0.
In the FAW Premier League Plate, Shanklin progressed after defeating Loughborough Students 2-0, but Southampton Saints were beaten by Division One South West leaders Swindon Town.
Portsmouth‘s development side were well beaten by a Queens Park Rangers‘ reserves. Liz O’Callaghan had drawn Pompey level after 26 minutes, but their hosts stepped up their game and raced to a 4-1 half-time lead before running out 5-1 winners.
— Lee (@LHfutebol) November 30, 2014
Gillingham‘s reserves also fell to defeat – 3-0 at Crystal Palace – while Lewes Development lost at West Ham United by the same score.